Zechariah had disbelieved the Angel Gabriel’s announcement that Elizabeth, who was barren, would give birth to a son who would be called John. Because of his unbelief, Zechariah was made mute until the day of John’s circumcision. Why? So that all would come to know that nothing is impossible for God. Creation arose out of His will. It should therefore surprise no one that the barren should bring forth the herald of the Savior, and that a virgin would give birth to the Son of the living God.
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”
No matter who we are, no matter what we have done, God’s desire for us is that we accept the perfect gift of his love, the Lord Jesus. Are we humble enough to worship him as the shepherds did on that holy night?
Maranatha. Come, O Lord!